Movies like The Wind and the Lion

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The Wind and the Lion (1975)
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The Wind and the Lion (1975)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: At the beginning of the 20th century an American woman is abducted in Morocco by Berbers. The attempts to free her range from diplomatic pressure to military intervention.
Style: serious, suspenseful, captivating, realistic, epic, factual, romantic, dramatic, talky, breathtaking ...
Plot: desert, kidnapping, politics, rescue, abduction, woman in danger, confined, danger, society, hostages, daring rescue, missing person, crimes, heroes, love and romance, state affairs, marines, ransom, german, military, german soldier, u.s. president, u.s. marine corps, u.s. government, pirate ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: morocco, africa, usa, washington d.c., north africa, middle east, germany

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, exciting and suspenseful films with plots about adventure, danger, heroes, escapades, culture clash, mentor and dialogue mostly in Adventure, Action and Drama genres. Some movies like The Wind and the Lion: Death Before Dishonor (1987), Beyond Justice (1992), The Flight of the Phoenix (1965), 24 (2008), Farewell to the King (1989). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Death Before Dishonor (1987)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Gunnery Sergeant Burns reports for duty to an American Embassy in the Middle East. However due to the 'enlightened' views of the Ambassador, the marine security detachment he is in charge of is severely restricted in their functions and ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, soldier, military, kidnapping, terrorism, hostages, vengeance, war, daring rescue, leadership, save the day, officers and cadets ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: middle east, new orleans
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95%
 4.5
 449
Beyond Justice (1992)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A woman's ex-husband, who is the son of an Arab chieftain, kidnaps their teenage son and brings him back to Morocco, where the boy is to be made the leader of the tribe. The child's mother hires a mercenary to get her son and bring him ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, psychotronic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: desert, rescue, kidnapping, daring rescue, adventure, vengeance, heroic mission, missing person, tough heroes, crimes, danger, escapades ...
Time: 90s
Place: morocco
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: A cargo plane goes down in a sandstorm in the Sahara with less than a dozen men on board. One of the passengers is an airplane designer who comes up with the idea of ripping off the undamaged wing and using it as the basis for an airplane they will ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: desert, survival, pilot, sahara, thirst, alcoholic, airplane, adventure, race against time, rescue, crew, isolation ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: africa, libya, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 7.5
 25K
24 (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Former federal agent Jack Bauer confronts African dictator Benjamin Juma, whose forces have been ordered to capture the children Bauer oversees for malicious military training.
Style: clever, serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: heroes, redemption, special agents, race against time, chases and races, danger, daring rescue, politics, political unrest, tough heroes, dishonesty, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, usa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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Farewell to the King (1989)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: An American soldier who escapes the execution of his comrades by Japanese soldiers in Borneo during WWII becomes the leader of a personal empire among the headhunters in this war story told in the style of Joseph Conrad and Rudyard Kipling. The ...
Style: rough, serious, exciting, epic, melancholic ...
Plot: jungle, soldier, deserter, war, military, adventure, island, adventurer, survival, u.s. navy, infantry, tribe ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, indonesia, manila philippines, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.4
 46K
Red Dawn (1984)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers band together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: small town, invasion, war, survival, gas station, adventure, young heroes, cult, red army, heroic mission, battles, against the odds ...
Time: future, 80s, 20th century, near future
Place: colorado, usa, latin america, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Warriors of Heaven and Earth (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A Chinese emissary is sent to the Gobi desert to execute a renegade soldier. When a caravan transporting a Buddhist monk and a valuable treasure is threatened by thieves, however, the two warriors might unite to protect the travelers.
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, exciting, breathtaking ...
Plot: martial arts, sword and sandal, cavalry, desert, soldier, adventure, vengeance, lone wolves, master warrior, survival, uninhibited rivalry, danger ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Escape from Zahrain (1962)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Yul Brynner plays political leader Sharif who is sprung from a police van on his way to a firing squad by young loyalists led by Sal Mineo. Yul and the other prisoners kidnap an ambulance and head into the Arabian desert with the police in hot ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Plot: desert, student, arab, fugitives, chase, adventure, daring rescue, political unrest, revolution, chases and races, danger, rebellion ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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The Professionals (1966)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The Professionals is a 1966 American Western film directed by Richard Brooks. A kidnap-rescue adventure set in about 1917, it features a small group of experts heading into Mexico to free the Mexican-born wife of a wealthy Texan from several hundred ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: desert, kidnapping, old west, adventure, chase, scout, daring rescue, tough heroes, rescue, plan, escape plan, escapades ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: mexico, latin america, texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Flight of the Phoenix (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: When an Amacor oil rig in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia proves unproductive, Captain Frank Towns and copilot "A.J." are sent to shut the operation down. However, on their way to Beijing, a major dust storm forces them to ditch their C-119 ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, idiotic ...
Plot: desert, survival, adventure, rescue, water, radio, struggle for survival, robbery, danger, escapades, getting home, human nature ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mongolia, beijing china
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Kidnapped (1995)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: When Scottish young gentleman David Balfour's father dies, he leaves school to collect his inheritance from uncle Ebenezer, who in turn sells the boy as a future slave to a pirate ship. When staunch Stuart dynasty supporter Alan Breck Stewart ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting
Plot: kidnapping, adventurer, adventure, school, pirate, ship, missing person, ocean or sea, escapades, orphan, soldier, confined ...
Place: scotland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 10K
The Wild Geese (1978)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Switzerland, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A British multinational company seeks to overthrow a vicious dictator in central Africa. It hires a band of (largely aged) mercenaries in London and sends them in to save the virtuous but imprisoned opposition leader who is also critically ill and ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, mercenary, kidnapping, soldier, military, adventure, rescue, war, aging, racism, head of state, vengeance ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: africa, england, london, europe, zimbabwe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.4
 285K
The Rock (1996)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: FBI chemical warfare expert Stanley Goodspeed is sent on an urgent mission with a former British spy, John Patrick Mason, to stop Gen. Francis X. Hummel from launching chemical weapons on Alcatraz Island into San Francisco. Gen. Hummel demands $100 ...
Style: exciting, serious, tense, suspense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, fbi, marines, terrorism, alcatraz, chases and races, hostages, prison, commander, escape, hostage situation, island ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Dogs of War (1980)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Mercenary James Shannon, on a reconnaissance job to the African nation of Zangaro, is tortured and deported. He returns to lead a coup.
Style: realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, torture, soldier, battlefield, mercenary, covert operation, revolution, war, undercover, adventure, lone wolves, tough heroes ...
Time: 80s, year 1980
Place: africa, central america, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Human Shield (1991)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The Human Shield is a 1991 film directed by Ted Post. It stars Michael Dudikoff and Tommy Hinkley. It is about a former government agent who must save his diabetic brother from Iraqi abductors.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rescue, danger, special agents, battles, confined, war, military, adventure, against the odds, family life, hostages, soldier ...
Time: 90s, year 1985, year 1990
Place: iraq, iran, middle east, jordan
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Delta Force (1986)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Israel
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A 707 aircraft jetliner on its way from Athens to Rome and then to New York City is hijacked by Lebanese terrorists. The terrorists demand that the pilot take them to Beirut. What the terrorists don't realize is that an elite team of commandoes ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, soldier, terrorist, military, airplane, hijacking, adventure, stewardess, hostages, covert operation, daring rescue, save the day ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: middle east, lebanon, israel, athens greece, beirut lebanon
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.9
 6K
Khartoum (1966)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: English General Charles George Gordon, a devout Christian, is appointed military governor of Anglo-Egyptian Sudan by the Prime Minister. Ordered to evacuate Egyptians from the Sudan, Gordon stays on to protect the people of Khartoum, who are under ...
Style: epic, realistic, exciting, serious, rough ...
Plot: siege, islam, culture clash, british empire, desert, politics, military, war, imperialism, negotiation, adventure, leadership ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, 1880s, victorian era ...
Place: sudan, africa, egypt, england, belgium ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory (1987)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Against orders and with no help of relief Texas patriots led by William Travis, Jim Bowie, and Davy Crockett defend the Alamo against overwhelming Mexican forces.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough
Plot: soldier, heroic mission, war, battles, tough heroes, against the odds, heroes, battle zone, military, folk hero, underdog, isolation ...
Place: mexico, texas, latin america, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Shaft in Africa (1973)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Detective John Shaft travels incognito to Ethiopia, then France, to bust a human trafficking ring.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, exciting, feel good ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: circumcision, secret agents, espionage, human trafficking, illegal immigration, crime, kidnapping, working undercover, crimes, dishonesty, undercover, fish out of water ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: ethiopia, africa, paris france, italy, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Running Scared (1980)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: It's 1961. Two servicemen smuggle a box of military gear to USA. Leroy tries out a military camera and accidentally takes a picture of some military facilities. Army finds one of the pictures and thinks they're communist spies.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: spy, military, boat chase, swamp, manhunt, escape, cold war, adventure, chase, soldier, military life, chases and races ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 80s
Place: florida, usa, cuba, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Follow the River (1995)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Mary Ingles is pregnant when she and her two sons are captured from their homestead in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains by Shawnee Indians. Her husband, Will, narrowly escapes death during the attack. Impressed by her grace under the pressure of ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, epic
Plot: kidnapping, wilderness, survival, native american white relationships, captivity, adventure, culture clash, confined, danger, escapades, missing person, americana ...
Time: 18th century
Place: usa, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Emerald Forest (1985)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: For ten years, engineer Bill Markham has searched tirelessly for his son Tommy who disappeared from the edge of the Brazilian rainforest. Miraculously, he finds the boy living among the reclusive Amazon tribe who adopted him. And that's when ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: jungle, jaguar, adoption, amazon, deforestation, adventure, kidnapping, missing person, cannibalism, tribe, culture clash, obsessive quest ...
Time: 80s
Place: brazil, latin america, south america, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: A new Soviet nuclear missile sub (a Boomer) heading out on her maiden voyage that is being tracked by a Los Angeles class American submarine suddenly goes silent and "disappears". This focuses the attention of both U.S. Intelligence and ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, submarine, navy, underwater, cia, politics, spy, defection, against the rules, political intrigue, russian, nuclear threat ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, russia, soviet union, atlantic ocean, iceland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Sky Riders (1976)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: USA, Greece
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Robert Culp plays Bracken, whose life seems perfect until his wife Ellen and their children are kidnapped by terrorists one day. After failed attempts to capture them back by the police, Ellen's ex husband enters the fray and plans his own ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting
Plot: monastery, kidnapping, castle, hostage, politics, daring rescue, adventure, explosion, terrorist, terrorism, missing person, crimes ...
Time: 70s
Place: greece, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.5
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Hero's Island (1962)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A family shipwrecked on an island must deal with escaped convicts and pirates.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: island, pirate, murder, adventure, danger, ghost, immigrants, master and servant, mysterious character, rescue, dangerous attraction, siblings relations ...
Time: 18th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.1
 7K
Red Scorpion (1988)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: South Africa, USA, Namibia
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A Russian KGB agent is sent to Africa to kill an anti-Communist black revolutionary. However, he has a change of heart when he sees how the Russians and their Cuban allies are killing and repressing the locals, so he switches sides and helps the ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, cold war, russian, chase, betrayal, desert, agent, revenge, soldier, military, one man army, assassination ...
Time: 80s
Place: africa, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Robin and Marian (1976)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Robin Hood is an old man when he returns with his best friend Little John to England after the Crusades. Maid Marian has entered a nunnery, King Richard is a raving lunatic, his Brother John a moron, and the age of great adventure has seemed to have ...
Style: emotional, serious, tragicomedy, realistic, gloomy ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: folk hero, robin hood, adventure, tragic love, nun, knight, romance, legends and myths, crusade, lovers reunited, escapades, heroes ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century, 80s
Place: england, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 4.9
 1K
Sahara (1983)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: After her father dies, young Dale takes his place in a trans-African auto race, but ends up being abducted by a desert sheik.
Style: semi serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting
Plot: desert, adventure, adventurer, prison, treasure hunt, kidnapping, escapades, missing person, chases and races, confined, crimes, danger ...
Time: 20s, 1920s
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.7
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Ben-Hur (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A falsely accused nobleman survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him.
Style: epic, exciting, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, vengeance, roman empire, ancient rome, false accusation, confined, survival, captivity, desert, rivalry, life turned upside down, chases and races ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: italy, jerusalem, greece, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.0
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Steel Dawn (1987)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In a post-apocalyptic world, a warrior wandering through the desert comes upon a group of settlers who are being menaced by a murderous gang that is after the water they control.
Style: futuristic, serious, stylized, suspenseful, melancholic ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: desert, martial arts, survival, adventure, gang, lone wolves, water shortage, vengeance, rescue, vigilantism, chaos and mayhem, future dystopia ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%